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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Link Roundup – 05/07/12

Does the FBI routinely act as agents provocateurs? Of course they do. David Shipler, at the New York Times, writes an op-ed on the practice.

New York City is Thinking of the Children™, and has banned teachers from ‘friending’ students on social media sites.

Of course, NYC hardly has a monopoly on this, and it appears the UK may also be Thinking of the Children™, and going forward with the notion to filter those pesky interwebs, and force users to opt-in for porn.

And holy crap almighty! The European Union will also be Thinking of the Children™!

Russia is less than thrilled about any planned missile defense system.

The federal government seized a hip-hop music site for over a year while it sat around waiting for proof of any crime.

Not content with arrangements such as that, the FBI is politely asking everyone not to get their panties all up in a bunch over a proposed law to force tech companies to provide built-in backdoors for government snooping. I would, however, encourage you to bunch up your collective panties to an incredible degree. RT’s take here.

NYC may have to defend its “stop and frisk” practices in court.

RT reports on the alleged existence of current U.S. Army procedures for interring American citizens in camps. Sounds like business as usual.

More about the American military’s proposed replacement bomber.

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Link Roundup – 05/01/12

All apologies. The blog has been placed firmly on the back burner for a couple of weeks now, while I’ve been tied up with other pursuits. I’ve got some links that have been getting moldy, so I’ll put those here, and should be back with something more substantial in the next couple of days.

A very interesting piece on how regulation and “boutique gasoline” has contributed to current high fuel prices.

Broadcom has unveiled a chip that can determine pretty much exactly where you are. Shall we use this for good, or ill? Probably both.

The FBI says that American universities are chock-full of spies.

A TSA screener discusses how the “virtual strip search” body scanners are profoundly useless. Oh, security theatre…

And in other TSA news, they’re planning on rolling out new identity verification machines. Which will surely not be somehow circumvented.

Nick Merrill is planning to launch an ISP that will be built from day one with customer privacy as a core concern. I’m excited about this project, just as I’m excited about any new service that will shield people from government peeking.

I recall this coming up some time ago, but I never heard what came of it. Apparently the idea of making UK internet users opt-in to be able to view porn is still kicking around in Parliament.

Kim Dotcom may have been improperly extradited, and there may never be a trial on the matter. I’m sure the FBI is less than amused.

The 2012 Olympics: Now with insane levels of brand protection and media control!

It seems that new cars, from 2015 onwards, will be required to include data gathering components.

Government info-ops creating disinformation? If so, I’d be shocked. Shocked!

The Iranian government is claiming that they’re copying the U.S. drone they acquired.

There is legislation in the works (“still,” “again”?) to ban employers from asking for the login information for employees’ social networking profiles.

The threat of “cyber war.” Just another money grab?

An enlightening writeup of how the online black market functions.